The View from the top series features leading engineers and industrialists giving their personal perspectives on key engineering issues.

David Pitchforth, President, BDS Global Operations, and Managing Director at Boeing Defence UK, will use 'a view from the top' to explore how engineering acumen is often more important than business acumen in engineering companies. Using his extensive experience across the automotive industry, Formula1, defence and aerospace, David will look at some of the top challenges we face today, why it is 'OK' to be an engineer and a senior leader, and the importance of a systems of systems approach. He will also look at why the UK has a track record of generating great ideas, but doesn't always exploit them commercially. 


6.00pm  Registration
6.30pm  Welcome address
  Professor Dame Ann Dowling OM DBE FREng FRS, President, Royal Academy of Engineering 
6.45pm Lecture
  Engineering the UK's future success 
David Pitchforth, President, BDS Global Operations and Managing Director, Boeing Defence UK 
7.25pm  Question and answer session 
8.00pm Networking reception  
9.00pm  Close


David joined Boeing in January 2009 as managing director for Boeing's UK Rotorcraft Support business. Responsible for coordinating the company's rotorcraft support activities and business development in the UK, he was the single customer interface for the Ministry of Defence (MOD) in this area of Boeing's UK business. This included the UK portfolio of rotorcraft support activities of Apache Intergrated Operational Support programme; and the highly succesful Chinook Through Life Customer Support programme. 

David holds a degree in design engineering from the Open University, a Higher National Certificate (HNC) in design engineering and an Ordinary National Certificate (ONC) in mechanical and production engineering from Huddersfield Polytechnic. He also completed a certified apprenticeship with the Engineering industry training board. 

Speaker bio: David Pitchforth (86.81 KB)


Tickets for the lecture cost £10.00 including VAT. 


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